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Auto Parts Maker Fined $3.43M, Named ‘Severe Violator’

An Ohio auto parts manufacturer is facing $3.43 million in fines after OSHA hit the company with a staggering 57 safety violations. OSHA chief David Michaels said the company has shown a “total disregard for its workers.”

OSHA investigated Sunfield Inc.’s Hebron, OH, plant after two workers suffered severe injuries in separate incidents in January and February. The investigation found:

  • On Jan. 6, a 22-year-old temporary worker suffered multiple lacerations and a fractured elbow while removing scrap from a blanking press. Operating machine parts caught his arm because safety light curtains weren’t working correctly. OSHA said a supervisor identified the safety issue two hours before the injury but failed to place the equipment out of service. The temp worker had been on the job for just six months.

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